Update: May 28
Intel: Iran equipped
for atomic weapon
Sources say Bush stunned
by news of N.Korea transfer
While European negotiators focus on Iran's development of enriched plutonium, U.S. intelligence officials say Tehran already has completed all of the elements required for an atomic bomb.
The news has stunned President Bush, according to Geostrategy Direct, an intelligence news service led by national security reporter Bill Gertz of the Washington Times.
"It's an incredible piece of intelligence that overshadows everything we thought we knew on Iran's nuclear program," one U.S. intelligence source said.
Geostrategy says the intelligence information asserts North Korea this year transferred components to Iran to assemble a plutonium-based nuclear warhead.
The components were believed to have originated in Pakistan.
Iran insists its nuclear program is only for generation of electricity. But Washington contends Tehran's intentions are not peaceful, pointing to an enrichment program hidden from U.N. inspectors for nearly two decades before it was officially declared in October 2003.
Has everyone gone effing crazy? What is this? Subversively build nuclear weapons and you too can get all of Santa's toys! WTF? MEMBERSHIP IN THE WTO? Iran should be ICED OUT! The toughest economic sanctions we can impose.
Giving them a such carrot? Who th f*ck is in charge around here?
WTO Clears Iran to Start Membership Talks
AP via Yahoo! News Fri, 27 May 2005 3:04 AM PDT
The World Trade Organization eased open its door to Iran on Thursday â€” an immediate reward for Tehran's decision to stick with talks Europe hopes will reduce Tehran's potential for nuclear mischief.
Iran Said to Be Smuggling Nuclear Matter
AP via Yahoo! News Fri, 20 May 2005 6:04 PM PDT
Iran is circumventing international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional and nuclear weapons, an Iranian dissident and a senior diplomat said Friday.
France Calls Iran Nuclear Talks 'Fragile'
AP via Yahoo! News Fri, 20 May 2005 5:32 PM PDT
European-led talks aimed at getting Iran to abandon nuclear activities are "very fragile," with negotiators discussing economic, technical and political cooperation, France's foreign minister said Monday.